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States’s Rights

Although this information was published by The New York Times, California Today, February 2, 2017, it can also apply to Chicago, Il.

What about the threat to withhold money from sanctuary cities?
If all of the sudden you allowed a pseudo King George Washington to essentially say, ‘Oh, you don’t want to do what I want you to do? Then I’m going to take your money.’ No. You’re essentially getting to be king one way or the other. And you’d be an intrusive federal government.
And so there are standards by which the federal government can utilize resources — funds which, by the way, have come from the very citizens of the state of California that the federal government may want to deny the funds to.
Is there any impediment to the government deporting California’s unauthorized immigrants?
The Constitution was as much a document to keep the federal government from intruding on what the states wan to do as it was a document to bind them together as a United States of America.
… And so when it comes to public safety, that’s not up to the federal government to tell Los Angeles, Sacramento or the state of California how to go about conducting the enforcement of laws to provide public safety.
… Yeah, they can come in and apprehend people, detain people, deport people, but they’ve got to do it. There is nothing that requires us to do it for them.

Minnie E Miller

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Standing Up To Trump

“Indeed, almost as concerning as Trump’s disregard for the First Amendment is the report in The Hill that plans are being drawn to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Even with very modest budgets by Washington standards (roughly $147 million annually for each agency), the two provide crucial financial support to authors, small presses, and other organizations involved with the arts. PW is eager to lend its voice to all parties.”

Source: publishersweekly.com

Literary institutions are in danger of losing support to authors, small presses, and other organizations involved with the arts.

It is clear that America is going to be very busy standing up to the Trump White House judging by the chaos created by the travel ban against seven countries with majority Muslims. It is my hope that Americans continue to be vigilant. These are very dangerous times for our democracy.

On another front, President Trump has Chicago in his cross-hairs. He said he’ll send in feds if Chicago doesn’t fix ‘carnage’,  January 24, 2017. Mayor Emanuel mentioned past meetings with Trump and has said he has “been very clear about what we need to do”. He specified areas he’d like the federal government’s help — including gun control, gun tracking, prosecution for gun crimes, and help increasing funding for more police officers.

I should mention here that Mayor Emanuel was President Obama’s first chief of staff. He resigned and returned to Chicago to run for mayor.

My feelings about President Trump’s warnings is I believe him when he makes these well publicized statements before the cameras, and I might add, that they are the very same press he berates on a daily basis.

Pray for Peace.

Minnie E Miller

minniemiller247@gmail.com

 


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To Boycott Or Not

I respectfully disagree with Senator Dick Durbin that we should not boycott the Inauguration. He is my Senator; I live in Illinois.

The facts and actions that has played out during the very disturbing and contentious political events need to be part of American history. To cover up the events that have taken place during the 2016 presidential nomination would be a slap in the face of the constitutional process. IMO, boycotting the inauguration is speaking truth to power.

I respectfully add, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, …”

Following are Senator Dick Durbin’s words why he is against boycotting the Inauguration:

“My feelings about the president elect are pretty clear but I think there’s a matter of respect for the office and respect for the constitutional process,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said. “And absent clear and convincing evidence that he did not win that election legitimately, then I’m going to be there.”

January 18, 2017,

Minnie E Miller
http://www.msminerva.wordpress.com
minniemiller247@gmail.com


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Dear Mr. Trump

Your being elected President of the United States does not grant you free will that can endanger our nation. The White House is the peoples’s house.

There are no kings in America.

You must listen to the people while running the country. The people voted you into office and can vote you out.

There are no kings in America.

You cannot silence the press while *tweeting* your chosen news. I believe that’s what dictators do.

“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,…”

There are no kings in America.

You cannot conduct the business of this nation from your personal Ta Mahal-TrumpTower.

There are no kings in America.

You nor Congress cannot ignore the check and balance amendments of the United States Constitution. Ignoring this system will have a chilling effect on the peoples’ business. And I might add, the last four years of the Obama Administration is a blatant example.

“The system of checks and balances is used to keep the government from getting too powerful in one branch. For example, the Executive Branch can veto bills from the Legislative Branch, but the Legislative Branch can override the veto.”
Congress for Kids: [Constitution]: Checks and Balance.

In my opinion the 115th Congress bears close scrutiny. We may be in for yet another *unprecedented* battle.

Minnie E Miller, Writer

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Wise Food Choices

There is so much information on the FDA.gov site that I cannot include it here. But the below link will take you there.

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/PeopleAtRisk/ucm312705.htm#safe_temps

Don’t have a food thermometer?  This is a very important purchase.

Making wise food choices also includes safe temperatures.

 

Is It Done Yet?
Use a food thermometer to be most accurate. You can’t always tell by looking.

USDA-FDA Recommended Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures
Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb,
Steaks, Roasts & Chops
145 ºF
with 3-minute rest time
Fish

145 ºF

Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb
Ground
160 ºF
Egg Dishes

160 ºF

Turkey, Chicken & Duck
Whole, Pieces & Ground
165 ºF

An image of foods in the refrigerator

4. Chill: Refrigerate promptly

Cold temperatures slow the growth of harmful bacteria. Keep-ing a constant refrigerator temperature of 40 °F or below is one of the most effective ways to reduce risk of foodborne illness. Use an appliance thermometer to be sure the refrigera-tor temperature is consistently 40 °F or below and the freezertemperature is 0 °F or below.

Minnie E. Miller
minniemiller247@gmail.com
December, 2016

 

 


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We Cannot Not Vote!

“Since the first Africans set foot on American soil in 1619, Blacks have faced an insurmountable level of oppression despite the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, reconstruction after the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. African-Americans have “not been able to breathe.”

Absolutely pertinent today spoken by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, (D-New York).

Minnie E. Miller

Writer

OCTOBER 31, 2016


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An October Surprise

The FBI dropped a political bomb Friday regarding emails “…. that appear to be pertinent to our investigation” of Hillary Clinton.

What is clear, however, from this surprise find of emails and the voter suppression in North Carolina, early voting is important. I have already voted.

The following are excerpts from Jason Johnson, political editor at The Root, and professor of Political Science at Morgan State’s School of Global Journalism and Communication.

I neither accept nor reject Professor Johnson’s position. I simply want to report an African American’s point of view.

His excerpts follow below:

“What are the facts and why is this news coming out now? Here’s a quick primer:

“On July 5 this past summer, Comey, a Republican who had been appointed by President Barack Obama as an appeasement measure, held a press conference about the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails. The investigation had concluded that Clinton had engaged in no wrongdoing in the treatment, sending of or deletion of her emails. Comey noted that Clinton was careless and should have been more responsible, but said that nothing she did rose to the level of a criminal investigation. This bit of editorializing, not to mention holding a press conference to end an FBI investigation, was extremely inappropriate and, according to Matthew Miller, former director of the Justice Department’s Public Affairs Office, a “gross abuse of his power.”

“Why were we even hearing about Clinton’s emails? Republicans in Congress, desperate to find some smoking gun for the Benghazi, Libya, conspiracy, expanded their investigation into Clinton’s emails. They found nothing. No smoking gun. Not even a half-lit cigarette. Democrats cheered, and Republicans, led by Donald Trump, screamed that the FBI director was in Obama’s pocket.

“On Friday, Comey sent a letter to eight Republican chairs of congressional committees informing them that in the last 24 hours, the FBI had found new emails that “may” be pertinent to the previous Clinton investigation, and that, therefore, he would be looking into them. No timeline for the investigation was given, no explanation of where the emails were from, no context regarding why they were just found. Most importantly, the FBI director told eight members of Congress but did not send a letter, smoke signal, Snapchat or any sort of heads-up to the White House or Obama’s staff.”

“Releasing the specter of a renewed investigation, without any new evidence, and no background context, less than 11 days before a presidential election is clearly a political act and one designed to harm the Democratic nominee. The political, as opposed to justice-driven, nature of this announcement became all the more clear as real journalists investigated this story throughout the day.

“One clear example is that the emails in question are not from any device in the possession of Hillary Clinton. They are emails from a separate investigation into Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman from New York and the former husband of Clinton adviser Huma Abedin.”

There is much more to the article. You can read the balance by going to theroot.com

Minnie E. Miller

Writer

minniemiller247@gmail.com